Ex-NFLer Douglas pleads no contest, avoids jail

Former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas, center, stands with his attorney, Corey Brinson, right, during arraignment in Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.  (AP Photo/Pool)
Former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas, center, stands with his attorney, Corey Brinson, right, during arraignment in Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Pool)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former pro football player Hugh Douglas has pleaded no contest and avoided jail in a Connecticut case alleging he assaulted his girlfriend at a Hartford hotel.

The former defensive end for the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars pleaded no contest Monday in Hartford Superior Court to a misdemeanor breach of peace charge.

He received a suspended sentence of six months in prison. He had been charged with felony assault and strangulation.

Police allege the 42-year-old Douglas grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and slammed her against the hotel walls last September.

A defense lawyer said the girlfriend changed her story. A prosecutor said it was a difficult case because it came down to Douglas’ word against his girlfriend’s.

Douglas, who lives in Bryn Mawr, Pa., played in the NFL from 1995 to 2004.

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